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Blazers WVB Get Set for the Season with Latest Signing

Blazers WVB Get Set for the Season with Latest Signing

The CMU Women's Volleyball program is very pleased to announce the commitment of Abigail Jeffrey for the 2024-25 MCAC season. The tall and talented St Paul's Collegiate and Winman Club product will look to be a factor in distributing the ball to the Blazers' offensive options this upcoming season.

A member of the varsity girls team at St Paul's Collegiate in Elie, Manitoba since her grade ten season, Jeffrey captained her team to an MHSAA "AA" Provincial Championships berth in her final season with the Barons, upsetting the Landmark 96ers to claim the final spot in the top tournament. It was at the provincials that Jeffrey really put herself on the map, earning herself player of the game honours in two of the team's matches, leading to a selection as the Players Choice Award at the conclusion of the tournament. The team's setter was also named to the MHSAA All-Manitoba Team, selected from the top student-athletes from "A" to "AAA" schools from across the province.

Jeffrey began her club volleyball with Bisons Club beginning with her 13U season, but finishes her final year this spring with WinMan after transferring for her 17U season. A third place result at last spring's provincial club championships has the Blazers' latest signing hopeful for another good finish at the 2024 Volleyball Manitoba Club Championships this coming weekend. The team will then head West for the Volleyball Canada Youth Nationals in Edmonton later in May. The leadership qualities WinMan's setter and captain display are just what the Blazers are looking for as they sign another impact player to their roster for the upcoming season.

"Abi delivers the ball with consistent placement, pace, and composure," notes Blazers head coach Jayme Menzies about her latest addition. "She is defensive at the net, moves well on the court, and has many admirable leadership qualities." Jeffrey will look to solidify the setting position for CMU as it is still unclear if returnee Paige Wright will be game-ready to start the campaign after her season-ending injury this past January that left all the setting responsibilities to rookie Chelsea Stewner. Stewner then went on to lead the Blazers to a Cinderella-story finish at the MCAC Championships and the program's first appearance at CCAA Women's Volleyball National Championships.

Proficient at both court and beach volleyball, Jeffrey enjoys the summer beach circuit, and claimed top spot in her age category at the provincial beach championships last year alongside Delaney Groot, younger sister to Blazers women's volleyball alumni Mackenzy Groot. She plans to once again develop her skills in the sand this summer after finishing up her final weeks of high school, but not before competing in zone championships for badminton on behalf of the Barons. Jeffrey was connected to CMU through her club coach, and is excited about the prospect of playing for Menzies and her all-star cast of coaches. An appearance at the Blazers ID Camp wasn't the first time she suited up in the Loewen Athletic Centre, as Jeffrey first developed her skills on the court at Blazers Sports Camps in years past.

CMU hosts the MCAC Provincial Championships at the conclusion of the 2024-25 season, the winner of which will have the honour of representing Manitoba at the CCAA Nationals held next March in Oshawa, Ontario at Durham College. The CCAA is the national body for collegiate athletics in Canada, offering 10 national championships in seven sports. Now finished its third full year of participation, the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference joins five other established CCAA conferences; PacWest (BC), ACAC (Alberta-Sask), OCAA (Ontario), RSEQ (Quebec) and ACAA (Atlantic).

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